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Just John - a poem by Heather Lynne Henry
Just John
Jaunty air
Casual 'Hiya mate'
Belies an urgent mission

Starved men
Receiving a gift of contact
Each with the other
John is a cog
That turns the wheel
So men may rest their weary minds
Safe in common bonds
That tie their hearts together

Fractured fatherhood
Words tumble forth
They rest their sadness 
And share their joy and hope
Releasing their souls
Rescuing their doubts
Confirming their actions

Just John waves
‘See ya mate'
Was it just a brew together
Or much more?
Based on the work of John Ryan, engagement worker and father, with  a group of exceptional fathers  in Little Hulton called Salford Dadz

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